How do you know when you’ve found the right house?

Sometimes people ask me how they will know when they have found the right house. On the logical side, I usually tell them that if they can 90% of everything they want in a house, that is probably the one. On the emotional side, I tell them you just know it when you see it.

I always have been more of the logical buyer when purchasing my own properties. I mean, I do this for a living. Seeing houses is an everyday thing to me. Being a realtor, my job is to help people make a decision. I am also an investor so for both of those reasons I tend to view it more as a logical decision.

All of which made my recent purchase really special to me. I just bought the 5th house I’ve lived in that I owned. I loved my first house. The second, third and fourth ones were just logical decisions. The floor plans worked. The locations worked. The prices was reasonable. Check, check, check.

My 5th house is one that I didn’t even know I was looking for, and wouldn’t have looked where it was if I had been looking. It literally slapped me in the face.

A client who is a financial planner had referred one of his clients to me to sell their house. They called me and we set up a time for me to see it. All very routine. I pulled into their driveway. Knocked on their door. Introduced myself. Sat down in their sunroom and began to talk to them. I was thinking “Man, this is really peaceful sitting here….oh, look, there is no house right across the street and that view out the back is incredible.”

Then they showed me the two garages. I told the seller that I would love to have garage space like that since I had a lot of cars.

Then they showed me the house. I think I remember telling them that it is hard to find a rural property where the house isn’t either tiny or a McMansion.

Then I went home and told my wife about it. We were not in a position that day to move but she seemed interested. About a week later, a family member who we needed to stay close to was now going to move in with other family. All the sudden we were in a spot to be able to move. Next thing I know I am telling the seller that I want my wife to see it. She saw their chicken coup and was sold before even seeing the house.

I’m embarrassed to say this, but I think I paid too much for it and I don’t care. The sellers thought it was worth a little more than I did….and I think I probably have a little more experience knowing what a house is worth, lol. But, I did not care. My wife and I were in love with the place and it wasn’t worth it to us to risk losing it. Plus it was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay under what I thought I would have to pay to get the features I wanted. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay under budget.

So, in the end, I knew it was “The one” and on the logical side, it did have more than 90% of everything I wanted.

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